Daily Archives: December 5, 2008

BIRD-BANDING: Fall 2008 Totals

Bird banding pic
   For everyone keeping score at home, we thought we would post our bird-banding totals for fall 2008.

  You can download the complete tally  below:

   Download Final tally — banded birds

    Here's the top of an article on the bird-banding in this week's Leader:


By Alexis Tarrazi
Senior Reporter

    NORTH ARLINGTON (Dec. 4, 2008) — In an effort to determine just how many migratory birds utilize and rely upon the Meadowlands landfills as a resting location, naturalists with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission conducted their first-ever expansive study at the Erie landfill in North Arlington in the spring and fall of this year.

   “As the environmental stewards of the region, we are putting old landfills to new uses,” stated Robert Ceberio, NJMC executive director in a press release. “We not only are capping and closing those landfills, but we are also making the most of them — whether it’s installing solar panels or helping migratory and threatened species.”

    Naturalists were able to weigh, measure and band a total of 4,032 birds, including 23 species of warblers and 583 Savannah Sparrows -— a threatened species in New Jersey. In all, 88 species of birds were recorded, including five birds on New Jersey’s threatened, endangered or special-concern lists — the American Kestrel, Savannah Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow and Bobolink, according to a press release.   


Moon                                                                                                       Photo by JJ Rusher/NJMC

    If you haven't been to the McDowell Observatory yet, the view above is just a sample of what you've been missing.  IMG_0008

   The observatory, in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, is open to the public Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m.

  Note: Observing is weather dependent and will be canceled for the night if the skies are cloudy or if there’s any type of precipitation.

    Click here for more posts and information on the observatory.

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